Federal judge issues temporary order to block restrictive Kentucky abortion law

A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary order blocking Kentucky’s new abortion law, which effectively outlaws the procedure in the state. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings approved the temporary restraining order that stems from a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood, which challenged the legality of the law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly. The legislative body overrode Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of the bill earlier this month. The bill bans the distribution of abortion pills by mail, tightens requirements for minors seeking abortions, and orders the creation of a system to register and monitor abortions.

Planned Parenthood is one of two abortion providers in Kentucky that said that they’ll have to shutter under the new law. EMW Women’s Surgical Center is the other provider, who filed its own lawsuit. Planned Parenthood said that while the Kentucky law doesn’t outright ban all abortions in the state, the restrictions would make it impossible for the two centers to comply it. Therefore, the law is “an unconstitutional ban on abortion in Kentucky.”

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